The Campbell Sisters by Eileen Joyce Donovan is a story about a family of strong willed sisters making their way in 1950s NYC. The oldest Helen, works at an orphanage and takes some ribbing for being the old spinster sister at the ripe age of 25. The middle daughter, Carolyn, is feisty. She does what she wants, when she wants, others be damned. The youngest, Peggy, is working her way through med school.
As was typical of the time, all three girls are sharing a bedroom in their parents crowded apartment. Their parents are immigrants from Ireland who have strong views on how the girls should be acting. At times the parents talk to them like they are in high school or younger and I had the thought that pretty soon they were going to ground 20 - something year old women!
The book covers a very short time period where Helen meets a boxer and falls in love, Carolyn gets into many a jam, and Peggy proves that she can be a trusted mature sister. A love story of the time.